There’s a really good article out by NUFCSTATS, a Newcastle fan, a couple of days ago in EPLINDEX, where you get all the stats of both the players and the Premier league sides, and it points out the woeful creativity of Newcastle United this season.
Demba Ba’s handball goal at Reading the only one form set piece this season
If we eliminate the hand-ball goal that Demba Ba scored at Reading, Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League not to have scored from a set play this season.
And that’s so disappointing, because last summer, that was an area that manager Alan Pardew said he wanted to remedy by bringing in a goal scoring center-back, but that goal scoring center-back has yet to arrive on the banks of the River Tyne.
Maybe in January?
The two players who create more chances per game than any others in the Newcastle side are – not surprisingly – our two excellent French Internationals – Ben Arfa (1.9) and Yohan Cabaye (1.8), and the next player at Newcastle to create most chances in a game, is Vurnon Anita at 1.1, which is really surprising.
And when you see that Leighton Baines of Everton is top of the league in terms of chances created per game with 4.2 – even our top two chance creators are low down on the totem pole.
And that may be why a certain Papiss Cisse is struggling to score goals this season, as we see far too many time high balls lofted in the penalty box and we don’t have Andy Carroll any longer – so what’s the point.
Newcastle are 9th out of 20 Premier League teams in terms of total chances created, but Sunderland are much lower in that league table, and it’s not surprising, since they have real difficulty in scoring goals.
But even Sunderland may have cracked the code, after scoring 3 goals last weekend at Fulham in a good 3-1 win.
Not only are the results disappointing this season for Newcastle, but our overall play and ability to create good chances is also less than stellar.
But the good news has to be that there’s only one way to go – and that’s up.
That’s true – isn’t it? 😀
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